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Vocabareas - information and contents

This exercise practises using words which are sometimes confused because they come from the same root but have different suffixes Read the sentences and choose one of the pairs to fill each gap, paying attention to the grammar. Then check your answers.

affectation/affection, cosmetic/cosmic, destination/destiny, economic/economical, official/officious, stationary/stationery

1. The death of a star is a ____________________ event which is seldom observed except by chance.

2. One of Melanie's most annoying ____________________ is the way she exaggerates her laugh when someone tells a joke.

The prime minister today said that the ____________________ outlook for the next five years is looking far better than expected.

4. The police could see that the accident wasn't my fault because my car was ____________________ at the time of the collision.

5. Have you noticed how ____________________ some people become when they put on a uniform? They think they have the absolute right to tell you what to do.

6. When Patterson was a boy he always said that he would be the world champion one day, so if he wins tomorrow he will fulfill his ____________________.

7. Dogs are very popular pets because they show a lot of ____________________ to their owners and are often seen as one of the family.

8. There's a rumour going around that the chairman has resigned. The company is going to make an ____________________ announcement at 1.00.

9.One of the biggest growing areas of medical practice is ____________________ surgery. So many people want to change the way that they look.

10. This car is one of the most ____________________ that you can find. It can go 700 kilometres on a full tank of petrol.

11. This is the slow train. It takes over two hours to reach its final ____________________ at Cambridge because it stops so many times on the way.

12. Can you go to the ____________________ shop and get some more pens and paper?

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